Patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, & Estero, FL

Cartilage allows for smooth knee joint movement. The tissue cushions and protects bones from wear and injury by providing a smooth surface for the bones to glide over. When the cartilage in the knee joint becomes damaged, the cartilage can become rough and pointy. Athletes who place high impact and force on the knee may experience cartilage injuries. In some cases, patients can damage or lose cartilage in a single area of the knee joint, called a “focal lesion.” Focal lesions in active adults may be treated with microfracture surgery.

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Symptoms

Cartilage injuries in the knee can be painful. Individuals can experience stiffness, swelling, and uncomfortable movement. The joint may “pop” or “lock” to limit naturally smooth bone transition. Surgery has the potential to postpone the need for a more intensive, replacement procedure. Patients with limited areas of cartilage damage may be able to benefit from surgery

Treatment

Using small tools and incisions, a procedure can be performed arthroscopically – ultimately lessening recovery time and surgical risks compared to large incisions. Damaged cartilage is removed from the area and then small holes, or microfractures, are made in the bone. These microfractures create a new blood supply, which signals healing. The new tissue cushions and supports knee mobility. Dr. Goldberg performs microfracture procedures for patients in the Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero areas.

Recovery

After a microfracture procedure, patients’ activity levels are limited – they may be asked to rest the knee while it heals. In Naples, patients will go through a physical therapy regimen to encourage healing and maneuverability. Patients may need to use crutches for the first six weeks to reduce the amount of weight placed on the knee. Four to six months after a procedure, patients can return to sports and more strenuous activity.

Considering microfracture Surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg in Naples to see if this procedure is right for you.